Easy Pizza Twists

It’s 5 am and I’m up early to bake and create for my work Christmas party. I always try to make something easy, tasty, and pleasing to most palates. Cue Pizza Twists, because they are EASY! And also, I mean, who doesn’t like pizza, am I right? And if you’re curious, I bought all this at Aldi for less than a fiver! (This is not a paid post for Aldi. I just live very close to one and live on a budget. Although if Aldi happens to be reading this, I’ve got student loans- just sayin’…) Here is what you’ll need:

  • 2 boxes of rolled puff pastry
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce (you won’t need the whole jar)
  • 1 bag of grated mozzarella
  • Basil to taste (optional)

Lets break it down! STEP 1: Unroll a box of puff pastry, and give it a roll down with a rolling pin. This doesn’t actually do anything for the dough. It simply spreads the dough out so you can create more twists.

STEP 2: Spoon and spread the pasta sauce onto this bottom layer. I used the pancetta sauce from Aldi, but anything you use will be delicious!

STEP 3: Sprinkle on a generous layer of mozzarella cheese over the sauce. I also think parmesan and provalone would be a great addition as well.

STEP 4: Roll out the second box of dough, and carefully transfer on top of the original layer. Press the dough down just a bit to get some of the air out.

STEP 5: Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, make one horizontal cut, then proceed to cut length wise. I ended up making 26 pieces.

STEP 6: Twist each piece of dough and arrange neatly on a lined tray. Bake at 180 C / 350 F for around 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

STEP 7: EAT! My favourite step! These turned out pretty good, although the sauce didn’t come through as much as I hoped. But they were still delicious, especially when dipped in the extra sauce or paired with a bit of pesto. And you can pretty much put whatever you want as a filling for an easy, no fuss treat. Effort is minimal, but they look like a million bucks! Ok, maybe not that much, but I think I could probably sell them for £1 each if I wanted to. So if you’re looking for an EASY, last minute treat for Christmas, this is it! And might I suggest Nutella or boozy mince meat as an alternative filling. However you slice it, making these twists will be a delicious Christmas treat to remember. Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

Gingerbread Cake

Christmas is right around the corner and I’ve just realised I haven’t baked anything festive yet! So I thought a nice, warm gingerbread cake will hit the spot on this cold winter day. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar (I used demara)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup black treacle (or molasses)
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water

First, make sure the butter (and egg) are at room temperature. Then, cream the butter and sugar, until it’s velvety smooth.

In a small bowl, beat the egg with the vanilla very well, then add it to the butter mixture.

Now for the treacle! Pour it into the bowl with the butter and eggs, stirring thoroughly.

Once the treacle is stirred through, go ahead and add the flour, salt, and spices. Mix it up real good! It will take a few minutes, but it will come together.

Once mixed, it will be smooth, like frosting. And it should resemble something similar to the photo above.

Now, you’ll boil some water. Slowly add a cup of it to the batter. You’ll basically want to add a bit, stir it through, add more, stir, etc., until it’s fully incorporated.

Pour the batter into a lined baking tin and pop into an oven at 180 C / 350 F for around 40 minutes.

And there you have it, Gingerbread Cake! This turned out light, fluffy, and full of warming spice! I couldn’t wait, so had a hot slice right away.

This cake would be great for a holiday party, or to enjoy with your loved ones at home. If you want to share. I also think it would go very well served warm with some brandy cream or vanilla ice cream. It’s also heavenly on its own. However you try it, it’s sure to be a holiday cake to remember! Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!